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2015 First Lady Half Marathon

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First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and others running marathon 2014 First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and others running marathon 2014

2015 First Lady Half Marathon is scheduled to held on the 8th of March in Nairobi. The marathon is expected to host an estimated 50,000 participants following the success of it inaugural marathon which was held 2014 which drew nearly 20,000 participants.

The First Lady Half Marathon is aimed at raising awareness of – and seeking sponsorship for the Beyond Zero campaign; an endeavour by the First Lady of the Republic of Kenya, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, to reduce cases of mother and child mortality cases at birth.

The 2014 First Lady Half Marathon helped raise Kshs 200 million shillings that have gone into buying, and equipping, mobile clinics for all the 47 counties across the country. So far, the First Lady has been delivering the mobile clinics to Counties based on the intensity of HIV/AIDs, maternal mortality and child mortality burden. As of 10th December 2014, a total of 16 mobile clinics have been delivered to the Counties as follows:

  1. Taita Taveta County
  2. Narok County
  3. Samburu County
  4. Homa Bay County
  5. Baringo County
  6. Isiolo County
  7. Wajir County
  8. Turkana County
  9. Marsabit County
  10. Kitui County
  11. Kiambu County
  12. Siaya County
  13. Kisii County
  14. Mombasa County
  15. Kilifi County
  16. Kwale County

Statistics indicate that 108,000 children die in Kenya every year before their fifth birthday, with 65 per cent of them dying before their first birthday. It’s also estimated that there are 72,000 infant deaths in Kenya annually, while 48,000 deaths occur during the first 28 days of life annually. 

 

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